Big, slightly-flattened fruit is round with a super-smooth skin and a glossy shine. Mature apples have a rich green background, blushed nearly 80% with a very deep ruby-red. The crisp, fine-textured flesh is bright white with a pale-green tine, and has sweeter juice than a regular McIntosh. Tree has a spreading growth habit, with semi-spur bud formation. Pioneer blooms early, with pretty purply-pink blossoms that give way to deep-green, shiny leaves. Resistant to fruit drop late in the season. Discovered as a chance seedling in 1976 near Marlboro, NY. Ripens in late August/early September, giving you a longer McIntosh season. Pollinator required: Choose any other apple variety.